The MS in School Librarianship degree enables graduates to seek professional employment in Pre-K—12 school libraries. The degree can be completed in four semesters with full time enrollment.
The School Librarianship program is an approved competency-based program registered by the New York State Education Department and is authorized to recommend students for certification for the Library Media Specialist, K-12 Initial Certificate. All school librarianship courses are offered online.
Students must complete a minimum of 39 credits with a 3.00 (B) average or better.
UB’s MS in School Librarianship program will prepare students to teach in a 21st century school library. All courses include the latest research-based, best practices occurring in the school library field.
We believe that the core experience in preparing school librarians is clinical practice. Clinical preparation is integrated throughout every facet of the school librarianship program in a dynamic way.
Students are provided experiences to learn from practitioners in a laboratory-like fashion. These clinically-based teaching experiences will allow students to collect their own data to inform their teaching practice. Students’ teaching will be directly linked to the Common Core Learning Standards and outcome data, including student artifacts, as well as summative and formative assessments.
Upon graduation, students are well poised to thrive in the high-stakes accountability environment of the 21st century educational system.
Our MS in School Librarianship degree program features flexible options that offer both fall and spring admission. Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis.
The applicant should have received an undergraduate bachelor degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better by the intended beginning semester. Applications with lower GPAs may still be considered and granted a “conditional admission” . To apply for admission to the MS School Librarianship program, please submit the following materials:
* Beginning in fall 2015, the only exceptions to the admission requirement of a standardized exam (such as the GRE or MAT) for the MS program is one of the following:
All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.
If your program requires letters of recommendation, you will be asked to provide contact information about each individual providing a recommendation. Please note that your recommenders will receive the electronic request to provide a recommendation letter only after you "formally submit" the application.
School Librarianship Required Courses (3 credit hours per course)
Online courses traditionally require a minimum of 9 to 12 hours of dedicated study outside of participation in the virtual classroom, so it is important that you take into consideration other personal and professional commitments as you pursue your coursework.
The MS in School Librarianship degree program is within the Department of Information and Library Science in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo.
All students are required to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University computing standards as well as daily access to a reliable broadband connection (i.e., DSL or cable). Students are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning their course work.
Mary Jo Sicurella
MS in School Librarianship Program Coordinator
Library and Information Studies
513 Baldy Hall
Phone: (716) 645-1483
Office of Admissions and Student Services